B757236GT wrote:For me it will be interesting to see if they pick up more Airbus single aisle or stick with the 737-800 coming from used sources (G-DRTZ and DRTM are due to join the fleet) and go with two fleets. This summer they will have 7 737-300s left (of various parentage) and 7 757-200s left and from what I'm hearing this may be the last summer for these two fleets leaving just A321 and 737-800 from summer 2021. Of the 737-800s however some are now in the early 20s (G-GDFD is the oldest at 22 and half years) and while its reasonable to assume they will get their moneys worth from them i expect the first will start to go around 27-28 years of age but unlike the 300s which came from mainly two sources the 800s are from all over the places so the hours and cycles must be far more mixed up compared to the 300s so that figure purely a guesstimate.
While all the above is incredibly unlikely, (they have 74 800s currently in operation (72+2 to come)) i cant help thinking there has been a serious consideration at Jet2 that would they take the plunge and possibly replace the 737-800s with used A320s and come an all Airbus operator. Thoughts?
I think their plan would have been to cherry pick some newer 738's that came available as the MAX came online, to replace the remaining 300's and older 800's when the time came. Obviously the issues with the MAX will have delayed this eventuality by a couple of years at least, and it also meant that getting the A321's that are not only new, but basically come with type rated crew as another poster mentioned was an opportunity they had to take. I think the experience of having the A321 on summer leases and getting a feel for it operationally will have helped sway their decision.
I still maintain as I initially stated though, I think if you were to ask Jet2 their fleet plans a couple of years ago it would have been to replace 300's and older 800's with newer 2nd hand 800's as the MAX came online with a small sub-fleet of A332's (whether it be the Air Tanker ones or whether they eventually get their own). The only real thing the 737-800 can't do that the 757 can is the NY Christmas trips. The A330 can do these and add capacity on the routes the 757 needed replacing on.